Back in 2013, I created this blog simply as an outlet for myself, but as time went on and this site began to get more traffic, I soon found that it was becoming not only an outlet for myself, but an outlet for others as well (thanks be to God for that!) Though fear was a motivator not to share this site with others or post it on my social media, & specifically the fear of being vulnerable led me to contemplate deleting the whole blog a few times, the ability to use this blog as a way to minister to others was a stronger motivator to keep it up and running. Since about the fourth grade, I have had a deep love for & desire to write, and it is pretty accurate to say that I have not stopped since. I am a 21 year old undergraduate college student who loves hiking, preaching, running, and of course, writing – if you ever can’t find me, try looking on a mountain, in a coffee shop, in a church, (or in class). I am a certified candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church, as I heard God calling me into ministry four years ago and have been discerning and pursuing that call ever since, with many challenges, detours, and adventures. So, yes, you’ll often hear me referring to myself as a, ‘preacher in training.’ I write about a wide variety of things on this blog, but because Jesus is the foundation of my life, he is the foundation of this blog. I write about topics relating to mental health and mental illness, as that is something I am very outspoken about, and I write frequently about recovery from such illnesses, as that is something I advocate for as well. I am 5 years in recovery from anorexia and it is my prayer that I can use my story and journey through recovery to help other people struggling with similar challenges, whether it be through my writing, through the voice I have, or through simply being a listening ear. Because I am pursuing full-time ministry, you will find that many of my posts relate to church ministry, as well as my faith in God, but I write about a variety of different topics – whatever is on my heart, whatever I’m wrestling with, whatever I care about. I am also very open & willing to having people guest write for me, so if you are ever interested in doing that, please feel free to submit a post for potential publication via the ‘submit a guest post’ page. I consider my writing to be part of the ministry into which I am called, so my prayer is that God would use it to speak to you in whatever way you may need it, and may all of the glory go to God.
Grace & peace, Ashley O.